More Stuff (Trash) From the Mountain 'o Paper (2)
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 23:20:24 CDT
March 24, 1983
Mrs. Mary Hixson
4400 North West 18th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
Dear Mrs. Hixson:
I have read your letter with mixed emotions; but let me hasten to
assure you that Bob's insanity is only temporary. The only men
affected permanently that way, we use for staff members later on.
Now don't worry, as there is a very effective cure, as well as some
measures of temporary relief which I will tell you about. First
however, let me try to answer some of your questions.
I'm sorry, but I can't exactly tell whether SPL is a title or a
profanity. It can be either, depending on who uses it -- and under
what conditions. The "cookoo" horn is actually a Kudu horn, which is
a special South African horn used for sending messages. It must work
better there than it does here, for those charged with blowing it
seems to get only weird honks that could easily be confused with
There are several things you can do to give Bob temporary relief and
keep the neighbors from talking. For instance, I am sending you a
Troop 1 number and an Antelope Patrol medallion. The next time a
train comes through, just step up and present them to him and humor
him along, and he will change clothes. Be careful and keep all of the
weather forecasts turned off unless they forecast rain. That will
make him happy.
Set all of the clocks in the house about one minute off from each
other and notice how it improves his piece of mind. Don't ask him to
do odd jobs -- just print them on a 3x5 file card and put them on his
bulletin board. You will be startled by the results. If you have
any real trouble, just tell him the SPL is coming. He will do
anything you tell him.
Now, don't worry about those animals and birds that Bob seems to know.
Everyone at Wood Badge has a name like that. He was an Antelope. By
all means, don't mention Foxes or he'll go off his rocker for sure.
But all of this will only be temporary relief. There is but one
permanent cure. You see, Mrs. Hixson, this "wooden badge" you spoke
of is Wood Badge. That is the name of a superlative international
Scout Leader Training Course. This was the course Bob was privileged
to attend in August. He was associated with a group of 62 of the
finest Scouters our country produces, under the leadership of men who
are not only skilled in all phases of the program, but have devoted
their lives to Scouting.
The reason Bob acted the way he has is because theses grown persons
have for seven days acted like boys while they lived the Scouting
program. Only those who have done this grasp the deep significance of
the program and realize what it can mean to a boy and what it must
like to appeal to him.
Your husband is one of the privileged few in America today who are
fully equipped to carry the torch of Scouting to all America. You
should be proud of him, and I know you will be. In fact, you would
have been thrilled to see him grow in stature and wisdom, to catch the
spiritual undertone as those wonderful seven days unfolded.
There is only one cure, and it will require sacrifice on your part,
but I know you will be happy and proud to make it again as you have in
the past. Bob has a destiny in youth, a career in human development,
and until he can pass it on to others, he will continue to be a
strange unhappy creature.
There are thousands of persons willing to give _real_ Scouting to the
boys of our Nation. Bob has accepted a challenge and a quest, his
Holy Grail is ever to see to train more and more boys and Scouting
leaders, that our country may continue to grow in strength, high
ideals, and an abiding faith in God. His code is the Scout Oath and
He is prepared and equipped -- and with your help and encouragement --
he will render the highest service possible to his community and
Nation. If you will do this, you will find the greatest happiness and
pride youn have ever known!!!
Very sincerely yours,
** I hope you've enjoyed this brief respite, and I encourage those
attending Wood Badge this year to get as much out of it as you can.
It's a SUPER course, taught by SUPER people and will enable you to
go back to your units and help your youth to put together a SUPER
Now, to put this away somewhere where I can FIND IT AGAIN! (I've got
more stuff here on in boxes, or on the floor....some time soon, I'll
write more...that is, once I can sit still long enough to do so!!!!)
Settummanque, the blackeagle... (MAJ) Mike L. Walton (
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